What's it like to be the defending national champions of college football and the current No. 1-ranked team?
"It's been the year of stuff," Florida coach Urban Meyer said. "What does stuff do to bad families? It rips them apart. Bad teams? It rips them apart. What's it do to solid teams and solid families? It gets them a little closer. I'm proud to say this is a very solid family, a very solid team."
The Gators are in the midst of a school-record 19 game-winning streak. Steve Spurrier coached the Gators to 12 consecutive victories during the 1995 season, which stood as the longest winning streak in school history until Florida beat Tennessee earlier this season.
A look at the circus involving the Gators this season:
Meyer vs. Kiffin
Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin and his off-season comments about Meyer and singing Rocky Top all night long after beating the Gators in Gainesville. Instead, Kiffin and the Vols limped back to Knoxville.
The flu bug
A flu bug worked through the team in a two-week period earlier this season, felling receivers coach Billy Gonzales and forcing several players - including quarterback Tim Tebow - to travel to Kentucky separately.
Tebow suffered a concussion against Kentucky and the two-week recovery process and the will-he or won't-he play scenarios before the game against LSU. Tebow was finally cleared just hours before the kickoff in Baton Rouge.
The offense's red zone woes, resulting in criticism of Meyer, offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, and Tebow. The Gators didn't exactly rise up to meet that challenge against Mississippi State, and Tebow threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.
Video surfaced of Brandon Spikes trying to gouge the eyes of Georgia's Washaun Ealey, and Meyer suspended Spikes for the first half of the game against Vanderbilt. The next day, Spikes met with Meyer and defensive coordinator Charlie Strong and said he didn't want to be a distraction and the three decided Spikes should sit out the entire game.
Meyer responded to a question on the SEC's weekly coaches teleconference last Wednesday by saying that officials should have called a penalty on a Georgia player for an unnecessary hit on Tebow. On Friday, the SEC announced that Meyer would be fined $30,000 for violating the league's tougher policy on publicly criticizing officials.
Now comes Spurrier, whose legacy at Florida is well documented. Spurrier is 1-3 against Meyer but is one of only four current SEC coaches who have beaten the Gators since Meyer took over in 2005. Florida embarrassed Spurrier last season in Gainesville, beating USC 56-6. It was the worst loss of Spurrier's playing or coaching career.
- From Wire Reports